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US state : new York
Administrative headquarters : King and Queen Court House
Foundation : 1683
Residents : 2,230,722  (2010)
Population density : 7,885.2 inhabitants / km 2
Total area : 461.7 km²
Water surface : 178.8 km²
Map of Queens County within New York
Website : www.queensbp.org
Map of New York City. Marked in yellow: Queens. Marked in blue: John F. Kennedy Airports in the south and La Guardia in the north.

Queens [ kwiːnz ] is the largest area of the five boroughs ( boroughs ) of New York City . It is located in the west of Long Island and coincides with Queens County . In 2015, Queens had around 2.3 million residents.


Queens was founded on November 1, 1683 when the English colony of New York was divided into counties and incorporated into New York City in 1898. The new Nassau County was formed from the eastern part of Queens County in 1898 because the residents of the eastern part of Queens County had voted against the incorporation into New York City.

The name Queens (actually Queens County) is in honor of "Queen" Catherine of Braganza (1638–1705), the wife of King Charles II of England (1630–1685). The name for this newly settled land was given by the first British emigrants in 1683.

Four locations have National Historic Landmark status . A total of 97 buildings and sites in the county are listed on the National Register of Historic Places (as of February 20, 2018).

Population structure

Queens has a very large ethnic diversity, even by New York standards. The residents of the district come from 100 nations and speak 168 languages. 47.8% of the people living there in 2014 were born outside of the United States; 26.2% of the population were non-Hispanic whites, 28.0% were Hispanics , mainly from the Dominican Republic , Colombia , Ecuador , Peru , Mexico and Puerto Rico , 25.8% Asians, mainly from China , India , Bangladesh and the Philippines and 20.8% black .


Left, from above: Unisphere , Citi Field baseball stadium , subway train . Right, from above: Beach on the Rockaway Peninsula , bronze sculpture in front of Arthur Ashe Stadium , Queensboro Bridge .
The Louis Armstrong House (2012) is one of four National Historic Landmarks in Queens.
  • Isamu Noguchi Garden Museum
  • Queens Museum of Art
  • Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Center
  • Hall of Science
  • Art Center
  • Socrates Sculpture Park
  • Queensboro Bridge
  • Arthur Ashe Stadium , largest tennis stadium in the world



Queens is divided into 14 community districts and numerous districts ( English Neighborhoods ). Well-known districts are:


The two international airports of New York, the John F. Kennedy International Airport and the LaGuardia Airport are located in Queens . Two of New York's most important passenger rail stations are also located here. Jamaica Station and Long Island City Station are two of the major transfer points for Long Island's rail traffic ( LIRR ).

The following interstate highways cross the district: I-278 ( Brooklyn-Queens Expressway ), I-295 ( Clearview Expressway ), I-495 ( Queens Midtown Expressway / Long Island Expressway ), and I-678 ( Van Wyck Expressway). Major state-level roads include Belt Parkway , Cross Island Parkway , Jackie Robinson Parkway, and Grand Central Parkway . The main thoroughfare for local traffic is Queens Boulevard , which crosses the northwest of the district from west to east, and Hillside Avenue to the east of the district.



The television series King of Queens and, for the most part, the film The Prince of Zamunda are set in Queens .

Web links

Commons : Queens  - collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. a b c US Census Bureau
  2. GNIS-ID: 974139. Retrieved on February 22, 2011 (English).
  3. Listing of National Historic Landmarks by State: New York . National Park Service , accessed February 20, 2018.
  4. Search mask database in the National Register Information System. National Park Service , accessed February 20, 2018.

Coordinates: 40 ° 42 ′  N , 73 ° 55 ′  W